Jay-Z was nearly featured on the classic East Coast hip-hop track “1, 2 Pass It” by D&D All-Stars. Doug E. Fresh, Mad Lion, Fat Joe, KRS-One, and more featured on the track. According to DJ Premier, an even bigger name was scheduled to have appeared on the list.
Premier talked to So Wassup? where he discussed the song. He said Jay-Z was originally supposed to be on the song. He wasn’t let into the session because the room was too crowded already. HipHopDX reported on the story.
“Now, here’s the kicker: the great, great icon himself JAY-Z — shout to Hov — was outside. He was not let in because Dave told Jay, ‘It’s way too many people in here. Like, we can’t even move.’ It was that rammed in there.[Jay] waited for a minute and he gave it another shot, but still couldn’t get in. And Jay left.
One thing I love about Jay, he let that slide. He still came back [to D&D Studios] and did Reasonable Doubt there and, of course, worked on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. We worked on [Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life] and [Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter], so the history kept continuing.”
A couple of the collabs Premier mentioned even sampled 1, 2 Pass It. “Bring It On” and “So Ghetto” both used his signature hooks. Jay-Z wasn’t bothered by missing out, but he certainly benefitted.